The up-and-coming NYC-residing artist FATEFROMMARS averted all the cliché RnB tropes in the standout single, I DO CARE, taken from her debut album, HIATUS, by prioritising self-compassion over passion and favouring self-care over seduction.
I DO CARE invites you to gaze into the intimacy of the singer-songwriter’s candour-fuelled introspection by providing an exposition into how powerful it is to focus on your growth instead of depending on ephemeral love stories to fill the void and become your sole narrative.
With a kicking beat and sultry smooth indie RnB instrumentals that break into reverb-drenched soul rock riffs mellifluously flowing beneath her velveteen vocal lines, I DO CARE is the perfect track to kick back to and remind yourself that avoidance is sometimes a necessary detour on your path to healing.
By giving her experimentalism ample earworm appeal and never shying away from versing on the negatives to inspire authentic growth, FATEFROMMARS became the most seminal new RnB artist of 2023. If I could entrust one artist with the future of the genre, I wouldn’t think twice about handing the evolution over to her.
The debut LP dropped on August 31; stream it on Spotify.
The evolution of RnB may have been fairly stunted since the 90s, but one artist taking the genre into the sonic future with his distinctive hard-kicking spin on contemporary RnB is the Dallas-based crooner Cedric B.
His latest single, Love=DRUG, taken from his sixth independent album by the same name, is a stridently evocative work with melodies that seduce as much as the high-range vocals around the hip hop elements. Even if you’re not getting your own love fix, you will easily get high on the vibes in Love=DRUG.
Love=DRUG will officially release on June 14th. You can check it out for yourselves via SoundCloud.
On November 8th, Montreal’s most luminary RnB soulstress, Annie Christina, launched her debut album, Beautiful Words Came to Form Havoc, on Bandcamp ahead of the official December 2021 release.
The lead track, Take Me Far Away, is a quiescently meditative soundscape that resonates like the calm after a storm. The Canadian singer-songwriter, producer and DJ has taken a structurally experimental approach to her music since her debut but it truly shines through in the ambience of Take Me Away, which falls away from the ABABCB structure and grooves through dreamy experimental progressions which tie in nuances of dream pop, trip-hop.
Take Me Far Away is now available to stream and purchase on Bandcamp.
There may be a serious amount of soul in breaking artist John Garrison’s debut single Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That, but that didn’t stop him from showing his magnetically playful side in the funky grooving hit.
With lyrics like “I’m just loving that someone wants to see me smile” your soul would need to have checked out not to be endeared by the debut. If the lyrics don’t do it for you, their buttery smooth vocals and the infectiously melodic beats may just do the trick.
Any fans of the American Funk Rock band Wild Cherry will be equally as enamoured by John Garrison’s captivatingly flawless radio-ready single which is accessible from the first hit. Naturally, we can’t wait to hear what comes next.
You can check out John Garrison’s groovingly distinctive feat of RnB for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.
If you haven’t already jumped on the hype of UK-based Alt RnB Soul artist Satchit, there’s never been a better time to do so after the release of their latest single “Stargaze”.
With constantly evolving guitar tones against solid Trap beats and plenty of layers of mesmerising ingenuity in between, Stargaze is utterly hypnotic.
With guitars which progress from winding bluesy licks to Shoegaze/Post-Punk cutting tonality, you never know which way you’re going to get seamlessly pulled next. And that’s all without mention to Satchit’s smooth vocals which find the perfect synergistic level in the mix.
So few RnB artists are willing to go so distinctive with their sound. But Satchit’s bold experimentalism more than paid off in this dreamy mellifluous mix. It’s a uniquely beguiling earworm which will most definitely be played on repeat now I’ve got a taste of the artist’s sonorously captivating charm.
You can check out the official music video to Satchit’s latest single which premiered on January 24th for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.
Up and coming contemporary R&B artist Joint Custody has recently released their latest sublimely cathartic single “Q”.
God knows I’ve listened to my fair share of assimilative 90s-inspired R&B in recent years, but thankfully Q unfolds like a breath of fresh air to lungs suffocated by the banality of uninspired R&B.
Q is an intricately quaint soundscape which comes as a transient result of Joint Custody constant perseverance with their experimentalism. The single runs through like a lucid jazzy dream thanks to the unique mix of ambience, Funk and soul.
There may be an Indie vibe behind Q, but the production quality is flawless, and the succinct magnetism of the instrumental arrangement is only matched by the mellifluously soft and soulfully phantasmal vocals.
You can check out Joint Custody’s latest single Q for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.